The movie rights to Electronic Art’s Mass Effect franchise were just purchased by Legendary Pictures, who has an agreement with Warner Bros to distribute the film worldwide. Aside from the critical choice of casting a male or female Shepard, the vast Mass Effect universe should be in good hands for three reasons:

First, Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka (BioWare co-founders) were named as executive producers.

Secondly, Legendary has already worked on the blockbuster hits “300”, “Clash of the Titans”, and “The Dark Knight”.

Finally, the movie will be written by Mark Protosevich, who wrote (the brand-new) “Thor” and the hit “I Am Legend”, starring Will Smith.

“Mass Effect is a tremendous property ripe for translation to the big screen,” said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures. “Mass Effect is a prime example of the kind of source material we at Legendary like to develop; it has depth, compelling characters and an engaging back story.”

In addition to BioWare co-founders, the film’s executive producer list also includes Casey Hudson, who was executive-producer for the game itself. He had this to say about the movie being made by Legendary:

“…we believe that the Mass Effect movie will be an extraordinary entertainment event that realizes our vision for the franchise and thrills fans.”

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